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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

Los Angeles, CA - When it comes to global warming, California is leading the way, not just in terms of legislation to reduce the problem, but in producing the pollution as well. A new report from the National Environmental Trust finds California emits more greenhouse gases than the entire country o

Can a fish raised in an underwater pen with thousands of other fish be sold as "organic?" That's the issue being 'reeled in' this week by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory panel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The NOSB is considering whether "farmed" fish should qualify

First came the oil spill, now the threat of the oil drill. The San Francisco Bay oil spill couldn't have come at a worse time for millions of ducks, geese and other birds that migrate annually from Alaska to warmer climates in California. Those same birds now face another oil threat, but it's on the

Los Angeles, CA - The Southern California wildfires have many asking how wild lands can be better managed to prevent more fires. Jon Keeley with the U.S. Geological Survey says what works in other parts of the state won't work in Southern California, where most of the region is covered with a dense

Maybe "Smokey the Bear" was wrong after all. Wildfire expert Dr. Reese Halter says in fact, preventing forest fires may eventually cause more intense fires. In the wake of the firestorm that already has burned more than a half-million areas in Southern California, Halter says without new policies to

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize win may help California get a prize of its own –- a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. State officials say they're prepared to go to court today to force the EPA to allow the state to enact its own, stricter rules about greenhouse gas pollution. D

The deadline is approaching for several bills dealing with toxic toys and a cleaner environment, and they're all awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's action. His hesitation may be the result of intensive lobbying from industries, after a spate of recent reports about dangerous toys. Rico Mastrodonato

A federal judge in Vermont says states have the power to require vehicle manufacturers to reduce tailpipe pollution. It's a victory for California, where a state law already requires new cars' emission systems to pollute less. Automakers say it can't be done quickly or inexpensively, but the Union o

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